Our Candidates

Read up on our slate of 15 Democratic Congressional candidates below. Donate buttons on this page enable you to distribute your contribution to all 15 candidates or to allocate it to individual candidates.

 

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Jason Crow (Colorado 6th)

Jason Crow, a respected attorney and veterans’ advocate, is running in central Colorado's 6th District, which is considered a top swing district. Crow is the son of small business owners. He enlisted in the National Guard and worked construction jobs to pay his way through college. He enrolled in ROTC while in college and served in the Army’s Airborne division in Iraq, earning a Bronze Star. Crow then served two combat tours in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger. Since leaving the Army in 2006, he has been an outspoken and results-oriented advocate for his fellow veterans in Colorado and across the country. In 2012, fueled by the same patriotism and sense of justice that drove him to enlist in the military, Crow spoke at the Democratic National Convention, making the case for President Obama’s repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” He has also advised President Obama’s re-election campaign on military and veterans’ issues. Crow graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison and the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. He and his wife have two children.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, VoteVets, Giffords, and Sierra Club.


Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (Florida 26th)

Florida’s 26th District, south of Miami, is one of the top swing districts in the country, and Debbie Mucarsel-Powell has built a grassroots campaign that can turn this seat blue. Mucarsel-Powell immigrated to the United States from Ecuador, as a young girl with her single mother. Mucarsel-Powell worked to help her family make ends meet and pay her way through college. She has dedicated more than twenty years to her work as an executive in non-profit organizations, improving access to healthcare, protecting the environment, and increasing educational opportunities in South Florida. Mucarsel-Powell earned her undergraduate degree from Pitzer College and holds a master’s degree in international political economics from Claremont College. She and her husband have three children.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, and End Citizens United.


Sean Casten (Illinois 6th)

Clean energy entrepreneur Sean Casten is well positioned to turn eastern Illinois's 6th District blue. Casten is a respected scientist, engineer, entrepreneur and clean energy leader. He worked as an energy consultant for Arthur D. Little; bought and is CEO of Turbosteam Corp., which installs efficient heat and power plants; and moved to Illinois in 2007 when he co-founded Recycled Energy Development LLC, which profitably reduces greenhouse gas emissions. He has also been a leader in environmental advocacy organizations. Casten has been recognized for his work in clean, efficient heat and power generation and as an “Emerging Leader.” He earned his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and his graduate degrees from Dartmouth College. Casten and his wife have two children. 

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and the League of Conservation Voters. 


Brendan Kelly (Illinois 12th)

Brendan Kelly is very well positioned to flip Southern Illinois' 12th District. Born to a military family, Kelly went participated in the Navy ROTC while in college, and earned a commission as an officer in the US Navy. As the top prosecutor of the largest county in the 12th District, Kelly has carved out an impressive independent profile in his community. As the State's Attorney, he revolutionized the prosecution of domestic assault cases, created a children’s justice division, and fought to eliminate the statute of limitations on child sexual assault. He has successfully sued banks for fraudulent practices and pharmaceutical manufacturers for deceiving patients. Kelly earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and, after his military service, attended law school at St. Louis University. He and his wife have two children. 

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, League of Conservation Voters, and VoteVets.


Abby Finkenauer (Iowa 1st)

Abby Finkenauer is very well positioned to flip eastern Iowa's 1st District, which is currently represented by a Tea Party Republican. Finkenauer, a first-generation college graduate and second-term Iowa State Representative, advocates for working families, women, and the people of Iowa. This is a historically Democratic district that President Obama won in both 2008 and 2012, representing a top takeover opportunity for Democrats. Finkenauer graduated from Drake University. She and her family have lived in Iowa for generations. At 29-years-old, if elected, Finkenauer will be one of the youngest women ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and the League of Conservation Voters.


Cindy Axne (Iowa 3rd)

Cindy Axne is a fifth-generation Iowan, a small business owner, a parent and a community activist. She is well positioned to flip the 3rd District, which is in southwestern Iowa and includes the state's capital of Des Moines. Axne performed extremely well in a very competitive Democratic primary, indicating very strong support. This district is about evenly split between Democratic and Republican registered voters, so turn-out is critical. From 2005 to 2014, Axne worked for the State of Iowa, helping over twenty different state agencies deliver government services more effectively and efficiently for taxpayers. Since then, she has focused on growing the digital design firm she runs with her husband John. Axne graduated from the University of Iowa and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Axne and her husband have two children.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and the Human Rights Campaign.


Jared Golden (Maine 2nd)

Jared Golden’s strong showing in the competitive June primary is one reason this northern Maine district has become competitive and is considered flippable in November. Golden, who was born and raised in Maine, left college to join the Marines after the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks, and was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. After returning home, he was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress, which has led to his commitment to veterans' issues--particularly health care. He overcame his diagnosis to graduate from college with tuition assistance through the G.I. Bill. He was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 2014 and became Assistant Majority Leader. He has led the way on bills on jobs, health care, seniors, and the opioid crisis. Golden graduated from Bates College and is married.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and VoteVets.


Elissa Slotkin (Michigan 8th)

While Michigan’s 8th District, which includes the state capital of Lansing, has historically voted Republican, Elissa Slotkin’s strong candidacy has recently led to the district being rated as a “toss-up” by the leading political research firms. Slotkin, who was born and raised on a Michigan farm, is a life-long public servant, who has been proud to work for both Republican and Democratic leaders who put the good of country over politics. Slotkin was recruited into the CIA directly out of graduate school, where she was trained as a Middle East analyst and served three tours in Iraq. Slotkin served in the White House under both President Bush and President Obama as a senior leader in the Pentagon, where she negotiated some of the defense department's most sensitive national security matters. Slotkin earned her undergraduate degree from Cornell University and completed her graduate degree at Columbia University. Slotkin is married and has two adult stepchildren. 

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, Giffords, and VoteVets.


Angie Craig (Minnesota 2nd)

Angie Craig came within 2 percentage points of winning Minnesota's 2nd District in 2016, when the progressive vote was diluted by a 3rd party candidate. This district, which includes the southern suburbs of the Twin Cities, is considered a “toss-up” by the experts. Craig grew up in a mobile home, working hard to pay for her college education, and then worked her way to becoming a Fortune 500 company executive. She has helped create jobs, empowered women and veterans to advance in their careers, created workplace policies to promote diversity and inclusion, and fought for marriage equality and for the ability of LGBTQ couples to adopt children. Craig attended the University of Memphis. She and her wife have four sons.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and Giffords.


Tom Malinowski (New Jersey 7th)

Tom Malinowski is well positioned to win New Jersey's 7th District, a district that is close to New York City, and includes towns such as Westfield and Cranford. Malinowski was born in Poland and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 6, as his family sought refuge during the Cold War. He grew up in New Jersey, going to public school, playing baseball and hockey, and hoping someday to give back to the country that gave freedom to his family. He served on President Clinton’s National Security Council, worked for Human Rights Watch, and served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the Obama administration. Malinowski earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Philosophy from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Malinowski is divorced and has one child.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and the League of Conservation Voters.


Mikie Sherrill (New Jersey 11th)

Mikie Sherrill is a very strong candidate for New Jersey's 11th District, an open seat which includes portions of Essex, Morris, Passaic, and Sussex Counties. Sherrill served on active duty in the United States Navy for over 10 years, piloting a helicopter, serving in the Middle East and Europe, and also working on nuclear treaties. After serving in the Navy, Sherrill became a U.S. Attorney and prosecuted federal cases, working hard to keep illegal guns off the streets. Sherrill graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and, after serving in Iraq, attended law school at Georgetown University. Sherrill and her husband have four children.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, Giffords, and VoteVets.


Anthony Brindisi (New York 22nd)

Anthony Brindisi is well positioned to turn upstate New York's 22nd District blue in November. Born and raised in Utica, he was elected to the New York State Assembly in 2011. He is known for principled bipartisanship and became a voice for seniors, veterans, nurses, teachers, children and public school funding. The Wall Street Journal named him one of five "young guns" in the State Assembly. Brindisi helped renovate and improve most of Utica’s school buildings. He helped initiate a lawsuit against New York State for fair funding for local public schools. He authored the "21st Century Initiative" to create a diploma pathway for high school students. Brindisi has helped in developing state surpluses, middle-class tax cuts, investment in infrastructure, and keeping defense installations open in New York. He attended Mohawk Valley Community College, Siena College, and Albany Law School. Brindisi and his wife have two children.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, and Giffords.


Gina Ortiz Jones (Texas 23rd)

Gina Ortiz Jones’ strong showing in her swing district adjacent to the border with Mexico, stretching from parts of San Antonio and to just outside El Paso, has moved this race to being a “toss-up,” according to one of the major rating organizations. Ortiz Jones' mother immigrated to the United States from the Philippines and raised Ortiz Jones as a single mom. After college, Ortiz Jones entered the U.S. Air Force as an intelligence officer, where she was deployed to Iraq. As a member of the LGBTQ community, she served under the added burden of serving in the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” era. In the 12 years following her active duty service, Ortiz Jones has continued to build her career in national security, intelligence, and defense. She served as the Senior Advisor for Trade Enforcement, a position President Obama created by Executive Order in 2012. She served as a Director of Investment at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, where she led the portfolio that reviewed foreign investments to ensure they did not pose national security risks. Ortiz Jones graduated from Boston University with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies. She earned a graduate degree from the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, Giffords, VoteVets, and the League of Conservation Voters.


Colin Allred (Texas 32nd)

Colin Allred has a great chance to flip the suburban Dallas 32nd District which, while “red,” did vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Allred was born and raised by a single mom in North Dallas, earning a full-ride football scholarship to college, and then playing for the Tennessee Titans in the NFL, before studying law. As Special Assistant in the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of General Counsel, Allred helped then-Secretary Julián Castro ensure that the most vulnerable Americans can live in dignity. Allred is a voting rights litigator and counsel to a range of clients, including national and state political candidates and advocacy organizations. Allred earned his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Allred is recently married.

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, the Congressional Black Caucus PAC, and Giffords.


Abigail Spanberger (Virginia 7th)

Abigail Spanberger was born and raised in Virginia's 7th District, which includes areas surrounding the state capital of Richmond. She first worked for the U.S. Postal Service Inspection Service, investigating money-laundering and narcotics. Spanberger later joined the CIA as an Operations Officer, where she worked until 2014. She traveled and lived abroad collecting intelligence, managing assets, and overseeing high-profile programs in service to the United States. Spanberger graduated from the University of Virginia and earned her Master of Business Administration in Germany. She and her husband live with their children in Glen Allen. 

Endorsements include DCCC Red to Blue, Emily’s List, Planned Parenthood, End Citizens United, Giffords, and the League of Conservation Voters.